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Capital Nordic Walking Newsletters are designed to keep Canberra's Nordic Walking community in touch and up to date with Nordic Walking developments in Canberra, Australia and overseas.  In this Autumn newsletter read about:
  • Breaking news: New partnership with Canberra's leading physiotherapy practice - Sports Care and Physiotherapy, collaboration with BungyPump ACT, and National Heart-Health week information sessions
  • Summer update: Summer Dusk and Dawn Group walks, 'Walk for a Cause' - Women's Cancer, Wellness Group Walks, and Featured Walk - Tasmania Maria Island
  • Coming up: Norman Doidge Sydney Workshop
  • Calling on Canberra Nordic Walkers: tell us about your favorite walks and ideas for the next CNW 'Walk for a Cause' fundraiser
  • Ciao Ciao - back in August - CNW closed for June and July
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Breaking news.........................
New Partnership: Sports Care and Physiotherapy
CNW is proud to announce a new partnership with one of Canberra’s leading Physiotherapy practices – Sports Care and Physiotherapy.  The practice has 5 locations in Canberra: Dickson, Barton, Parliament House, Weston and Bruce.  
On 20th April the Sports Care Physio team participated in an in-service run by CNW and BungyPump ACT introducing them to the background, benefits and applications of walking with fitness poles, including a selection of rehabilitation case studies.  The Sports Care and Physiotherapy team were enthusiastic about their NW lesson – getting a hands-on feel for the benefits and potential complement to physiotherapy services.
Sports Care Physio pride themselves on their high quality practice, involving you in decision making and developing a supportive partnership with you in managing your health and fitness now and in the future. Expertise includes Sports Physiotherapy, Orthopedics, Running and Bike Assessments, Women's Health, Core Stability, Neurological Rehabilitation and Massage Therapy.

CNW joins forces for Fitness Walking with Poles: BungyPump
CNW is excited to announce a new collaboration with BungyPumps.  Swedish BungyPumps are walking poles with in-built resistance. They are available in three levels of resistance: Number One (4kg), the Energy (6kg) or the Power (10kg). They are used differently to Nordic Walking - more upright in front of the body and require increased intensity of work through the upper body – shoulders, arms and upper back. They are not as suitable for people with balance or coordination challenges - or people with joint conditions who need to decrease the load on lower back, hips, knees and ankles. 
Fact Sheet: Fitness Walking Poles and Techniques
Flyer: BungyPump Poles & Lessons Package

National Heart Foundation: Heart Health Week 1-7 May
Heart disease is the single biggest killer of Australian women.  55,000 Australian’s have a heart attack each year. Every hour of every day an Australian woman dies of heart disease – that’s 25 women each day.  The good news is that many of the risk factors can be reduced with positive lifestyle changes. Being active every day and maintaining a healthy weight are critical factors in reducing the risk of heart disease.
In the lead up to National Heart week (1-7 May) Capital Nordic Walking and Duncan Craig - BungyPump ACT are working together to raise awareness of the unique benefits to be gained from walking with fitness poles.  Researchers reporting to the European Society of Cardiology concluded that Nordic walking allows healthy people and patients with heart failure to safely increase the intensity of exercise and gain additional cardio-respiratory benefits from exercise.  For more information on free information sessions see: 
Summer update....................
Summer Dusk and Dawn Group Walks - a success
Throughout February CNW ran a pilot program of 8 guided group-walks. They provided a great opportunity to practice NWing with others, have techniques checked and problems sorted out, test out different walk routes, surfaces, and styles of walks. It was terrific to catch up with everyone while enjoying Canberra’s lovely Summer weather. We walked nearly 50km during the Sunday walks and $150.00 (30% of the payments for the walks) was added to the March Capital Nordic Walking 'Walk for a cause'  – 60km walk – A Weekend to end Women’s Cancer
'Walk for a Cause' – CNW raises over $5,000 for women’s cancer
Despite the 34c heat in Perth we made it!! – managed to complete the  2-day, 60-kilometre fund-raising walk through the neighborhoods of Perth on the 2nd and 3rd of April. It was humbling to walk with so many cancer survivors, women with cancer undergoing treatment, and families and friends of people who hadn’t made it. Together my sister and I, with the help of many supporters, raised over $5,000 contributing to a record-breaking total of $2.3 million by the 752 walkers.  Hopefully our effort will enable the Perkins Institute to accelerate their impressive research into breast and ovarian cancers.  Many thanks to all the  Capital Nordic Walking supporters who generously contributed to this effort.
Autumn Wellness Walks
During April and May CNW is running a trial program of 6 Gentle Wellness Nordic Walks. Walkers travel at a leisurely, comfortable pace and walk for approximately 30 – 45 minutes depending on how the group is feeling. These get-togethers provide a great opportunity to connect with other Nordic Walkers of similar ability, try some new routes, and ensure that you are getting the most out of your Nordic Walking by having your technique checked and questions and concerns answered.
Featured Walk: Maria Island - Tasmania
In January I spent four unforgettable days on Maria Island – a National Park, just a short boat ride from Triabunna on Tasmania’s East Coast.  The stunning walks were along firm beaches and formed bush tracks – averaging between 10-17km per day, requiring a moderate level of fitness.  We had two wonderful guides (Sue and Dayna) – who were incredibly knowledgeable about the island, history, flora, fauna and gourmet chefs to boot! - no wonder they've won so many gourmet traveler food awards!   Every meal was sensational – highlighting the best of Tassie food and wine.  The Maria Island walk is highly recommended and suitable for Nordic Walking
Coming up.........
Norman Doidge Workshop Sydney May 9th and 10th: How your body changes your brain
Kristen is attending the 2-day workshop with Norman Doidge this May. Neuroplasticity is a topic of enormous practical importance. Norman Doidge, M.D., psychiatrist, pioneer, united the world with evidence that the brain is highly adaptable and undergoes constant change throughout life.
Humble old walking is big news for your brain health!  Exercise [also] reduces our risk of Parkinson's and dementia, among other diseases, as one recent study found.  In a separate long-term study, exercise was the number one behaviour that affected cognitive health.  "Exercise (defined as vigorous exercise, or walking at least 3 kilometres a day, or biking 16 kilometres a day)... was the most powerful contributor to decreased risk of both general cognitive decline and dementia," Doidge writes of the study, adding: "Research on human beings now suggests that a combination of learning and exercise can help maintain brain plasticity and even increase it, because learning turns on genes that express more BDNF, and BDNF facilitates learning."  Want to know more about how your body can change your brain?.........
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We want to hear from you….......
Featured Walks – tell us about it!
Walked somewhere special that lends itself to NW – in Canberra, Australia, or anywhere in the world!? Send a short write up of the walk, what you liked about it, tips, links and photos to and we will include it upcoming newsletters – and eventually post it on a new dedicated Featured Walks page on the Capital Nordic Walking website
Next CNW ‘Walk for a Cause’ – what inspires you?
Capital Nordic Walking is searching for our next ‘Walk for a Cause’ fundraising event – ideally this coming Spring or Summer.  Tell us about an issue or event you have a connection to that you would like to fund-raise for.  Having a fitness goal to work towards and training plan helps keep you motivated and exercising regularly.  Combining a training goal with raising awareness of and support for a cause that is important to you is a win-win.  Let us join you - tell us about your cause - .
Ciao Ciao - back in August……….
CNW will be closed for most of June and July – as Kristen heads to Boston for her twice yearly stint of voluntary work with the International Disability Rights Fund.  From there she will head to the North of Italy to do a 10-day self guided Nordic Walk through Piedmont – starting out from Turin – heart of the slow-food movement.  Watch the Featured Walk article in next newsletter for details.

Keep warm, keep Nordic Walking, and see you in August!
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